Frank de Vol

Highest Rated: 97% Kiss Me Deadly (1955)
Lowest Rated: 40% The Big Mouth (1967)
Birthday: Not Available
Birthplace: Not Available
Bandleader/actor Frank DeVol began his professional career in 1931. The son of a Canton, Ohio, orchestra leader, DeVol worked with several bands as vocalist and arranger before organizing his own aggregation in 1935. That same year, he went on tour with the George Olsen-Ethel Shutta musical troupe, receiving his first acting experience fielding one-liners from the stars. He went on to network radio, conducting orchestras for such stars as Ginny Simms and Jack Carson. In 1954, he began a long association with Hollywood director Robert Aldrich, writing scores for Aldrich films ranging from World for Ransom (1954) to Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) to All the Marbles (1981). He received an Academy Award nomination for his work on Aldrich's Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte (1965), and was also Oscar-nominated for Michael Gordon's Pillow Talk (1959), Elliot Silverstein's Cat Ballou (1965) and Stanley Kramer's Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? (1965). On TV, where he was frequently billed simply as "DeVol," he was musical director for The Rosemary Clooney Show (1957), The Betty White Show (1958), George Gobel Show (1958), and The Dinaah Shore Chevy Show (1961-62); in addition, he penned the well-known theme music for the long-running comedy series My Three Sons. In 1960, writer/director David Swift, an old friend from the radio days, hired the bald, dry-witted DeVol to play the role of a hapless camp counselor in The Parent Trap (1961). Frank DeVol scored so well in this brief appearance that he would thereafter evenly divide his time between acting and music: he went on to portray Bannister the Builder in the 1963 TV sitcom I'm Dickens, He's Fenster, a half-baked movie executive in Jerry Lewis' theatrical feature The Big Mouth (1967), and dour bandleader "Happy Kyne" on Norman Lear's talk-show satires Fernwood 2Night (1977) and America 2-Night (1978).

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
40% The Big Mouth Bogart 1967
No Score Yet A Very Special Favor Desk Clerk 1965
No Score Yet Under the Yum Yum Tree Screenwriter 1963
90% The Parent Trap Mr. Eaglewood 1961
97% Kiss Me Deadly Actor 1955

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Charles in Charge
1984-1990
Leonard Griffin
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Jeffersons
1975-1985
Neighbor
  • 1982
77% The Brady Bunch
1969-1974
Father
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Hamid
  • 1969
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Brother Stoner
  • 1968
No Score Yet Get Smart
1965-1970
Carleton
  • 1966
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Prof. Crenshaw
  • 1964

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